- IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2000)
- IUPUI Maynard K. Hine Medal (1991)
- School of Dentistry Certificate of Appreciation (1987)
- School of Dentistry Distinguished Alumni Award (1974)
James W. Huckelberry earned his D.D.S. from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis in 1924. Huckelberry's best-known contribution to the School of Dentistry was creating the IUSD Fall Dental Alumni Conference in 1942.